Archive for the ‘UFOs as Folklore’ Category
You just HAVE to watch the video below (7:00). It’s clear and to the point, and you’ll no doubt have a laugh or two – a video on how Luke Skywalker’s destruction of the Death Star was *really* an inside job. It’s very well done and has almost two million views on YouTube.
The value of the video should be obvious. Every fact presented in it is indeed a fact from the movie. And every connection drawn is “reasonable” in the context of the narrative created. But the conclusions are absolutely wrong. This is precisely how so much conspiratorial thinking works … and fails horribly. Conspiracy is all about narrative interpretation, not “facts”. Once one part of the narrative fails, the whole thing crumbles. The beauty of the video is that the viewer already knows the narrative is wrong, but can see how that bogus narrative is created using nothing but factual data.
In short, it’s not about the data dots; it’s about how the dots are connected — and that usually (nearly always) happens in the theater of the imagination when it comes to conspiracy theory.
A recent book about “star people” legends has been getting some play in the blogosphere recently: Encounters with Star People: Untold Stories of American Indians. I tried to order it but it was temporarily out of stock. I’ll revisit it later since I want to review it. I’m not holding my breath for reasons that will become clear below.
The author of the work is Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, professor emeritus at Montana State University. Although I have no doubts about her university affiliation and that she has a doctorate in something, her credentials are actually hard to identify.1 Wanting to know her background is just a point of curiosity for me. I’d like to know if it’s in something other than education — some content-oriented doctoral degree like anthropology or folklore studies. Educational doctorates are more about (educational) theory, method, administration, etc. But I’ll assume she knows what she’s talking about with respect to indigenous lore. And that’s really what I expect to find in the book … lore, not facts.
Readers can find a description of Clarke’s book here. I should warn readers that the blog post at this link is misleading. It has a picture of “alien” rock art that has nothing to do with Native Americans — it’s rock art from Australia. I suppose that’s supposed to add weight to the content of Clarke’s book, but it’s misleading. But it’s not as bad as what you’ll find on other sites that make it sound like Native Americans have stories about genetic manipulation of homo sapiens by aliens and advanced astronomical knowledge. (What’s the ancient Cherokee word for DNA? … seriously, ancient people knew nothing of DNA). I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest that this book will be interesting and useful as a reference, but ALL that it will be is legends and stories, offering no hard data for experiences with beings whose extraterrestrial (i.e., from other physical planets) reality can be proven. But I’ll wait to say more after I read it, presuming it’ll be available.
- Clarke was Professor of Educational Leadership and the Director of the Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Education. She was also American Indian Professor of Educational Leadership and the Director Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Education. Various websites also note that, “Dr. Ardy Sixkiller Clarke a Professor Emeritus at Montana State University has dedicated her life and career to working with indigenous populations. She has been adopted and given traditional names by three Northern Plains tribes.” The Montana State University site doesn’t have her listed as faculty, though her name does appear on the site. That tells me she must have retired from teaching a while ago. I’m just surprised I can’t easily find a degree for her. Her name also does not appear in the JSTOR database which covers scholarly journals in anthropology, folklore, and indigenous studies. I have to presume then that she hasn’t published anything under peer review, at least in terms of indigenous content. I’m guessing she has published in education journals. ↩
Jason Colavito has a worthwhile post on this infamous “proof” for UFO visitation. The whole idea of a “UFO Battle” derives from the woodcutting shown here (courtesy of Wikimedia commons). Jason’s post tells you a few things about the origins of the woodcut that the UFO community won’t tell you, so have a look!
Personally, it looks more like “Battle of the Gum Drops and Pez Dispensers” to me.
A recent post from the Who Forted? blog asks Was Aleister Crowley an Extraterrestrial Medium?. The post sketches Crowley’s contact with an entity known as LAM, who bears a striking resemblance to the classic alien with which we’re all familiar.
I’d like to propose a different question: Was Aleister Crowley, along with the other contactees of the “Contactee Era” actually contacted by some other intelligence than an extraterrestrial?
Given Crowley’s occultism and solicitation of contact with non-human intelligences, you’d think people would ask this very obvious question before concluding that Crowley’s experience contributes any proof for extraterrestrials.
The Huffington Post recently blessed ET religious believers with this piece of mythology. The story ( and that’s all that it is, a fairy tale) that President Eisenhower met with extraterrestrials during his term. Here’s the reality: the whole idea is based on interpretation of a timeline “gap” (and even that is an interpretive term) of the President’s itinerary on an occasion or two. There isn’t a single document that states or even suggests such a meeting took place. It is entirely based on wishful innuendo. Don’t like that? Put up the data — something that goes beyond interpretive innuendo (read: BS). I’ll post it here.
I love these sorts of “reports” — some of the same people who’d believe this fabrication will also embrace the Jesus mythology bunk of Zeitgeist. Yeah … there’s clear thinking for you. Real fact-based stuff.